Here’s a question–does God expect too much of us? You could assume that. Many people do. Lots of commandments, do’s and don’ts, rules and regulations. To be honest, I don’t see that in God’s Word. Not to me.
Here’s a prime example of what I mean. Joshua 22:5 (ESV)–‘Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.’ Maybe I’m wrong. Could that be?! Let’s move on.
Joshua, Israel’s leader after the death of Moses, is allocating territory to the twelve tribes/families in the promised land. Moses has given them the 10 Commandments from the Lord. Easy to remember as they count them off on their ten fingers. Nothing too difficult for any of them… or us. Ten.
Joshua in this verse condenses even more so. Be careful, he says. Don’t be sloppy in obeying God. Or pick and choose the easy commandments, ignoring the tough ones.
Consider those active verbs Joshua uses–to ‘love’ the Lord, to ‘walk’ in His ways, to ‘keep’ His commands, to ‘cling’ to Him, and to ‘serve’ Him. How? He says that this will come from your heart and soul. From deep within. A willingness toward the One you love the most. Not difficult to want to be the best for someone you love. Is it?
If following God feels more like a chore, a big bother, much drudgery, it’s high time to check out our commitment to Him. Take our spiritual pulse. Any sign of life?! To follow Him wholeheartedly is not a lot to ask. After all, He’s the One who gives up all for us because He loves us so much. Should we give Him less?
Prayer: Lord, we want to follow you wholeheartedly. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.